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2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Nursing

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Kathleen M. Rayman, Chair

Jean Bernard Jamie Glover Susan H. Lane
Dana Brackney Carolyn S. Huffman Phoebe A. Pollitt
Teresa D. Carnevale R. Victoria Hughes Kimberly S. Priode
Tyia Dawson Linda S. Johanson LaShanda Sell
Elizabeth A. Fiske Angela M. Koontz Rebecca Turpin


The mission of the BSN program at Appalachian State University is to advance our students’ cultural, intellectual, and personal development in order to prepare them for professional practice as registered nurses. This mission is achieved through the efforts of faculty committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. A broad in-depth curriculum is built on the study of arts, humanities, mathematics, natural and social sciences, and standards for professional nursing practice. Graduates serve their community by applying research and principles of education in their practice of nursing.


The goals of the BSN program are to:

  1. Provide a quality program in nursing based on a liberal education and professional nursing values, competencies, and knowledge
  2. Facilitate the development and implementation of professional nursing roles in caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds through the application of knowledge, theory, and research from nursing as well as other related disciplines
  3. Instill in students an appreciation for and commitment to lifelong learning, scholarship, and service in order to promote their personal growth, advance the profession of nursing, and meet the health needs of society
  4. Prepare nurses who can practice as generalists in any health care setting
  5. Provide a foundation for graduate nursing education

Program Outcomes

The following educational outcomes are based on the mission, goals, and philosophy of Appalachian State University’s Department of Nursing. The program graduate will:

  1. Provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan based on professional nursing standards
  2. Engage in evidence-based practice through the utilization of critical thinking skills and state-of-the-art knowledge for persons with varying health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration needs across the lifespan.
  3. Demonstrate accountability for formal and informal experiences that promote both personal and professional growth and lifelong learning.
  4. Employ competent communication skills (listening, verbal, nonverbal, written, and electronic) with individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations as well as members of the interprofessional health care team facilitating a culture of quality and safety.
  5. Competently utilize technology and health information resources for self, colleagues, individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  6. Exhibits leadership skills such as coordinating, collaborating, delegating, and supervising nursing care provided by others.
  7. Collaborate with individuals, groups, communities, and populations through mutual goal setting, advocacy, and education to promote health and wellness.
  8. Exhibit a patient centered approach that reflects the professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
  9. Adhere to economic, ethical, legal, and professional nursing standards in nursing practice.
  10. Appraise the continuum of care and resource utilization based on the liberal arts foundation and nursing knowledge.

Admission Criteria

The application deadline for admission is January 15. Acceptance into the BSN program is based on the student’s application, earned GPA, and academic performance on selected preliminary course work.

For specific guidelines on admission requirements and to complete an application form, please refer to the Admissions portion of the Department of Nursing’s website at www.nursing.appstate.edu/application.

Students must apply for admission to Appalachian State University prior to admission to the BSN degree nursing program. Acceptance to the University, completion of preliminary course work, essay, and GPA do not guarantee admission to the BSN program. Admission of students is a competitive process. Not all applicants who meet the requirements can be accommodated; therefore, applicants whose credentials present the best qualifications of those meeting requirements will be selected.

Progression in the BSN Program

To progress from one semester to the next in the BSN program, a student must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in each nursing (NUR) course, and achieve a grade of “Satisfactory” in each clinical nursing course. If a student receives a grade of “Incomplete” for a nursing course, the “Incomplete” must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or higher before a student may progress to the next semester of nursing courses. Students must also maintain a cumulative nursing GPA of at least 2.5 at the end of the junior spring semester and each semester thereafter; maintain current CPR certification at the healthcare provider level; maintain yearly tuberculosis screening; meet all current health and immunization requirements of the Department of Nursing; and adhere to all policies of the University, the Nursing Department, and the clinical agencies where assigned for clinical experiences.

Students may be allowed to repeat one nursing course one time if they earn a grade below “C.” Students should refer to www.nursing.appstate.edu for complete policies and procedures regarding progression in the BSN program, dismissal from the BSN program and possible readmission to the BSN program following dismissal.

Transfer Credit

All nursing courses must be taken at Appalachian State University. The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) with North Carolina community colleges and other relevant university policies will be followed in evaluating non-nursing credits from North Carolina community colleges.


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing



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